Tag: Greenland

Greenland Aside, Buying Foreign Land Used to Be Common

The last time the United States bought a foreign territory — through a monetary transaction and not just a signed treaty — was in 1917, when the Virgin Islands were acquired from Denmark. More than 100 years later, President Trump said he wanted to buy Greenland, the largest island in the world, from Denmark. Denmark […]

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Who Owns the Amazon?

News Update: Brazil rejected the $22 million in Amazon aid pledged at the G7. At the Group of 7 summit, aides to President Trump complained that the French president, Emmanuel Macron, was focusing the summit not on the global economy but on “niche issues” — among them climate change. At the same time, fires continued […]

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Tom Cotton: We Should Buy Greenland

After news leaked last week that President Trump had expressed interest in acquiring Greenland from Denmark, his critics predictably derided him as crazy. But once again, the president is crazy like a fox. The acquisition of Greenland would secure vital strategic interests for the United States, economically benefit both us and Greenlanders, and would be […]

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Trump’s Greenland Plan Shows He Has No Idea How American Power Works

President Trump announced on Tuesday that he would postpone a planned trip to Denmark because Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen refuses to consider selling Greenland to the United States. Ms. Frederiksen called the idea “absurd.” It might be, but it was also revealing. In seeking to purchase Greenland, Mr. Trump did more than rattle an ally. […]

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Denmark’s Leader Didn’t Want a Fight With Trump. She Got One Anyway.

ODENSE, Denmark — “I’m not going to enter a war of words with anybody, including the American president,” Denmark’s prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, told a Danish television channel on Wednesday. Too late. In Denmark, a small country with powerful neighbors, commitment to international alliances is bedrock policy, and polite, measured political debate is the norm. […]

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Trump, Greenland, Denmark. Is This Real Life?

I want to buy Greenland, said President Trump. No way, said the Danes and Greenlanders, who share control over the giant frozen island and its rich mineral treasures. Then I’m not going to visit your queen, shot back the self-proclaimed master of the real estate deal, who can’t stand being rebuffed. “Is this some sort […]

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Trump Says Danish Prime Minister Was ‘Nasty’ in Rejecting Greenland Offer

President Trump on Wednesday said that the new prime minister of Denmark was “nasty” to him when she rejected his interest in purchasing Greenland, as he explained why he abruptly canceled a trip to the European nation next month. Mr. Trump made the remarks to reporters outside the White House as he departed for a […]

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In Denmark, Bewilderment and Anger Over Trump’s Interest in Greenland

ODENSE, Denmark — The astonishment in Denmark over President Trump’s apparent desire to buy Greenland turned to bewilderment and anger on Wednesday after the American leader abruptly scrapped a state visit because the Danes have no desire to sell. The cancellation was a rare snub of Denmark’s head of state, Queen Margrethe II, who extended […]

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President Trump Cancels Trip to Denmark After Greenland Spat

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday night abruptly canceled a coming trip to Denmark, writing on Twitter that because the country’s prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, “would have no interest in discussing the purchase of Greenland,” they would meet “another time.” Mr. Trump was scheduled to visit Copenhagen on Sept. 2 and 3, after being invited […]

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Eyeing Greenland, Trump Again Mixes Real Estate With Diplomacy

Go ahead and file this one under Stories You Probably Didn’t Expect to Read About the White House This Week: President Trump has been thinking about buying Greenland. Greenland says no, absolutely not. “If he is truly contemplating this, then this is final proof that he has gone mad,” Soren Espersen, the foreign affairs spokesman […]

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Israel, Greenland, Haunted Mansion: Your Friday Evening Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good evening. Here’s the latest. ImageCreditErin Schaff/The New York Times 1. Representative Rashida Tlaib won’t visit the Israeli-occupied West Bank after several days of controversy and reversals. On Thursday, after President Trump urged Israel on Twitter not to admit Ms. Tlaib, pictured above, and Representative […]

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The Colonizers Have Turned Their Eyes to Greenland

Thursday afternoon, a curious item appeared in the pages of The Wall Street Journal. President Donald Trump, either as a joke or entirely seriously, is apparently weighing the prospect of the United States federal government purchasing Greenland.   This specific move is not unprecedented. Harry Truman waved $100 million in front of Denmark in 1946, and the State Department […]

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‘Greenland Is Not for Sale’: Trump’s Talk of a Purchase Draws Derision

COPENHAGEN — President Trump’s idea to possibly buy Greenland for its natural resources left residents of the semiautonomous Danish territory amused, apoplectic and in disbelief, and received a chilly reception in Denmark on Friday. “I hope it’s a joke, because it’s a terrible and grotesque thought,” said Martin Lidegaard, chairman of Denmark’s Foreign Policy Committee. […]

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Trump Is Said to Ask: Can We Buy Greenland?

President Trump has been urging aides to explore a way to buy Greenland from Denmark, according to three people familiar with the discussions. His interest in Greenland began last year. At a meeting that spring in the Oval Office, he joked about buying Greenland for its resources, according to a person who was in attendance. […]

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President Trump’s Reported Desire To Buy Greenland Stirs Plenty Of Confused Reactions

Getty Image A rather curious Wall Street Journal article about President Donald Trump‘s latest real estate delusions of grandeur has taken social media by storm. According to the report, it seems the reality television star turned chief politician is hankering to acquire a big new piece of land for the United States. “What new pieces […]

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What Worries Iceland? A World Without Ice. It Is Preparing.

HÖFN, Iceland — From the offices of the fishing operation founded by his family two generations ago, Adalsteinn Ingólfsson has watched the massive Vatnajökull glacier shrink year after year. Warmer temperatures have already winnowed the types of fish he can catch. But the wilting ice mass, Iceland’s largest, is a strange new challenge to business. […]

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